HERMISTON, Ore. – The 2012 Oregon State FFA Convention opened in Hermiston, Oregon, Friday evening to a crowd of over 1,300 people. The keynote speaker was Mr. Chad Hymas who electrified the crowd with his message on the importance of making good choices in life. At the age of 27, an accident left him a quadriplegic. Since then Chad has battled back and now travels as many as 300,000 miles a year to speaking engagements.
102 Chapters from across the state are in attendance including Klamath Basin chapters, Henley, Lost River and Bonanza high schools and the FFA chapter from Klamath Community College. Awards presentations, workshops and competitions will dot the weekend culminating with installation of new Oregon State Officers on Monday.